Daniel Brick

Gold Star - 24,452 Points (June 10,1947 / St. Paul MN)

Earth Music - Poem by Daniel Brick

A lone wolf howls
into the night.
Five wolves hear his cry
and venture across the dark ground.

Theirs is a concert of
alternating howls. A man
alone listens. He knows
this earth music. Always

he is attentive to it.
He is patient as their
howls crisscross distances.
Even in his sleep, he is awake,

counting the measures
of the animal noise,
turning it into the concerto
that makes all flesh on earth one spirit.

Topic(s) of this poem: natural


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Northern Minnesota is wolf country and has been for centuries. The wolf is the primary predator of that landscape. As long as wolves hunt deer and other wild game everything is hunky-dory. But when wolves sense a chicken coop with its abundant meat that involves no hunting, they lunge. And farmers go ballistic and want the Department of Natural Resources to protect their investment by hunting down the wolves. Who's right in this controversy? One thing is certain: the wolves aren't wrong, this was their habitat first. In the Twin Cities of the south, we don't have a big population of wolves, we tend to support the wolf and that creates real conflict with our fellow Minnesotans of the northern half of the state. My poem does not address this controversy but it derives from it. Instead I give expression to the presence of wilderness as a necessary element in our existence. My solitary human being is physically and spiritually connected to the wolves. That's his choice, that's his moral imperative. I admire him. That's why he shares this poem with the six wolves.

Comments about Earth Music by Daniel Brick

  • Sophy Chen Sophy Chen (12/9/2015 12:32:00 AM)

    This poem just likes a film at begining and so vividly described and just like we are watching a short film now and it can be made into a short poetic drama i think.

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  • Simone Inez Harriman Simone Inez Harriman (11/5/2015 9:43:00 PM)

    I have always pictured wolves with the word 'wilderness'. Your poem has the wilderness in the ink with the stamp of a wolfs print. Superb write. (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sud Russia Liza Sud Russia (10/12/2015 10:56:00 AM)

    LONG life to wolves! Protect them! remember Buddhist wisdom! My favorite polititian has a father's name Wolf and likes to imitate their howling! you are a musician if you count measures of all nature noises! (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (7/23/2015 9:52:00 AM)

    and I'd like to add, in the book, part of your note/comment [*]:

    (In this poem of mine) I give expression to the presence of wilderness as a necessary element in our existence. My solitary human being is physically and spiritually connected to the wolves. That's his choice, that's his moral imperative. I admire him. That's why he shares this poem with the six wolves.


    (In questa mia poesia) voglio esprimere il senso della natura selvaggia quale elemento necessario alla nostra stessa esistenza. Quel solitario essere umano è fisicamente e spiritualmente congiunto ai lupi: è la sua scelta ed il suo imperativo morale. Da parte mia, lo ammiro. È per questa ragione che egli condivide questa poesia con i sei lupi.

    - - [*] Do you agree? - - (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (7/23/2015 9:45:00 AM)

    ''Earth Anthem'' + ''Earth Music'' for the Anthology ebook (with Italian translation) are ok? (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (7/22/2015 11:59:00 AM)

    Musica della Terra

    Solitario, un lupo ulula
    nella notte.
    Cinque lupi odono il suo ululato
    e si avventurano per il terreno tenebroso.

    Il loro è un concerto di
    ululati alternati. Un uomo,
    in solitudine, li ascolta. Lui conosce
    la musica della terra.


    the whole text in the Anthology ebook.. ;) (Report) Reply

  • Galina Italyanskaya Galina Italyanskaya (11/26/2014 6:28:00 PM)

    I love this poem.
    Reading this I remembered northern novels by Jack London.
    Another time. (Report) Reply

  • E Nigma E Nigma (10/23/2014 8:32:00 PM)

    Theirs is a concert of alternating howls, counting the measures of the animal noise, turning it into the concerto
    that makes all flesh on earth one spirit.

    When I read these lines all I thought of was that these wolves are the unknowing musicians and the man that listens is the conductor arranging the notes within his mind into a symphony of oneness. Earth music is a most appropriate title and this poem is a dark trancelike reminder to those that venture deep into the shadowy forest that wolves though beautiful in their arrangement are not creatures to be trifled with. A very nicely written piece. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham Hazel Durham (10/16/2014 8:18:00 AM)

    Wolves wild and free in their own habitat, this poem is hauntingly beautiful with the essence of the wolves with their unique howling that sounds so primitive bringing back the past of our forebears who blended into this landscape with all it's hardships! ! (Report) Reply

  • Sana Hernandez Sana Hernandez (5/2/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    Once more I felt as if I was experiencing your poetry. not so much as a painting in a museum but more toward being in a cabin and hearing the wolves' howls in the forest with the man, quietly listening against a dim, moon lit landscape. I loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden Noreen Carden (4/14/2014 6:58:00 AM)

    Great description you can almost see the wolves with their heads raised howling and coming together to find strength in the pack.Beautifully written Daniel. Hopefully man will learn to appreciate all gods creatures and realize that animals only kill to eat unlike humans who kill for many other reasons. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren Valerie Dohren (4/10/2014 7:56:00 AM)

    Very descriptive and atmospheric - the title is truly inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Y. Daniel Y. (4/9/2014 7:41:00 PM)

    A lovely contemplation of nature, the wolves are a special imagery for the human consciousness, because they are simultaneously a symbol of society and barbarism.

    Your use of the word concerto makes me want to ask you to read my poem, Concerto. Though it has little to do with this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde Yash Shinde (4/6/2014 11:07:00 PM)

    .......enjoyed this one..............binds together creatures of this earth breathtaking imagery makes it even beautiful........
    ..I cordially invite you to read my poem- '...to bosom thee....I'll rise''..and ''never look like one''..plzz share your views in comments.....regards (Report) Reply

  • Tanya Gupta (4/4/2014 6:11:00 AM)

    very nice poem connected with creatures.

    come and read my poems and give me your views about them. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (3/29/2014 4:25:00 PM)

    .........and just think over time....our dogs have evolved from the wolves...the wolves are citizens of the earth and they have every right to live and eat....you penned a wonderful write...truly enjoyed this one... (Report) Reply

  • Nika Mcguin Nika Mcguin (3/26/2014 10:57:00 AM)

    This is beautiful! I'm envious, that you live so connected with such lovely creatures. I've heard that there are some red wolves in louisiana, but I've never come in contact with or even heard mentionings of wolves in my area. I would side with the Twin Cities on this. I've often thought about it myself, the fact that humans claim to own land. Yes we pay for the house and yard, but we don't really own the land. We still share it with neighboring animals(including insects unfortunately lol.) Being able to hear the howls of wolves at night, its something i could only fantasies about. Seems like something from a movie to me lol. Anyhow, great write as always, so much that I'm overcome with jealousy lol. So, I'll have to live vicariously through this poem.

    ~Nika (Report) Reply

  • V S (3/25/2014 9:34:00 PM)

    the memory of wolves during my younger days still lingers with me..the last line means something very different..Thank you for sharing.. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (3/25/2014 6:25:00 AM)

    crisscross distances, I like it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 20, 2014


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